State governments lift social distancing rules: a steady return to normal

State governments have announced they will be relaxing social distancing measures as the rate of Coronavirus infections remains low and stable in Australia.

The Federal Government has announced it will review national measures on 11 May, at the end of a four-week data gathering period.

These changes mark the start of social distancing wind back, and—provided community transmission remains low—a return to business as usual sooner rather than later.

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical officer, Paul Kelly also said it was safe for kids to return to school.

“We believe from the health side it is safe to do so and that is not putting teachers at risk either.”

However, a return to face-to-face schooling is up to each state government.

Read the details of a few key state changes below:


From Friday 1 May in NSW, two adults and two children can visit another household and face-to-face schooling will start on May 11.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian expects shops to start reopening, but notes that gathering in public places are still restricted to two people.

Read more about NSW’s social distancing measures here.


Victoria has not followed the other states, extending their Stage 3 restrictions.

Read more about Victoria’s social distancing measures here.


On Saturday 2 May Queenslanders can travel within 50 kilometres from their homes, go shopping for non-essential goods, visit national parks and go on a picnic.

Read more about Queensland’s social distancing measures here. 

Western Australia

The Western Australian Government has eased restrictions, allowing 10 people at non-work gatherings, and picnics, boating, hiking, camping and group exercise are now permitted.

Read more about Western Australia’s social distancing measures here.

South Australia

Restrictions in South Australia—which have been more leaniant from the outset—remain in place.

Read more about South Australia’s social distancing measures here.